Twenty-five students in various programs at Tolles Career & Technical Center participated in the SkillsUSA state competition on Tuesday, April 24.
Power Sports & Automotive Services senior Noah Adkins (West Jefferson) won a gold medal in Outdoor Power Equipment.
The Outdoor Power Equipment competition includes equipment such as riding and push mowers, generators, chainsaws, line trimmers, tillers, and snow blowers. Competitors rotated around stations completing tasks including: fastener identification, electrical troubleshooting, chainsaw service, location information in service manuals, parts lookups, a written knowledge test and more.
Last year Adkins placed fourth in the same competition. For Adkins, another year meant more preparation. “It was challenging…that’s for sure, but this year, I was more familiar and had more in-depth knowledge and more experience,” said Adkins.
Tolles’ Power Sports & Automotive Services instructor Gregg Hansel sang Adkins’ praises. “Noah is the best troubleshooter I’ve ever had as a student. He’s good at applying instruction to problems and using critical thinking to resolve problems. He hustles everyday at school and wants to work on everything in the room. Because he takes advantage of his time, he learns more than the average student.”
Adkins has been awarded several scholarships for his efforts in SkillsUSA and in his program at Tolles including one for $10,000 from Ohio Technical College. He will be going on to the National SkillsUSA Championships in Louisville, Kentucky during the last week of June to compete against other first place finishers from every state.
Students who also won medals at the competition include: Mackenzie Gantz (Jonathan Alder), bronze medal in Photography; Ian Moore (Hilliard Davidson), bronze medal in Automotive Technology; Charles Palmer (Hilliard Davidson), bronze in Outdoor Power Equipment; and Nick Saylor (Hilliard Bradley), silver in Motorcycle.
About Tolles — Established in 1974, Tolles is a career and technical school providing a launchpad for both high school students and adult learners. Located south of Plain City, Tolles serves Dublin, Fairbanks, Hilliard, Jonathan Alder, London, Madison-Plains and Jefferson Local school districts. By combining bankable skills with rigorous academics, Tolles continues to post uplifting results for students and the community. Tolles’ 223,000 square-foot facility boasts instructional and functional labs, academic classrooms, an auditorium and conference center, as well as a fully-operational restaurant, hair and nail salon and spa, small animal care facility, automotive repair and maintenance center, digital media lab, community preschool, medical and fire labs, and many other career spaces. For additional information about Tolles call 614-873-4666, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tollestech.com.
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